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Major Curriculum Requirements


The major in Recreation Administration (leading to a Bachelor of Science degree) prepares students for exciting careers helping people improve their quality of life by serving their community in nonprofit, government, and commercial recreation services.

Students select a concentration in Recreation & Sport Services, Recreation & Tourism, Nonprofit Administration, Outdoor Recreation, or Facility & Event Management.

Major & Degree Information

[48] The Recreation Administration major requires a minimum of 48 credit hours (36 core + 12 concentration).

The university's minimum degree requirement is 120 credit hours which includes the major, Colonnade, and electives. The following core courses are required for all students in the program. In addition to the course courses, all students pick at least one concentration.

  • REC 200 Recreation in Society (3)
  • REC 302 Recreation Leadership (3)
  • REC 306 Experience Planning & Evaluation (3)
  • REC 320 Professional Development in Recreation (3)
  • REC 328 Inclusive Recreation (3)
  • REC 338 Parks, Recreation, and Quality of Life (3)
  • REC 402 Fiscal Practices In Recreation (3)
  • REC 406 Recreation Administration (3)
  • REC 490 Internship In Recreation (12)

In addition to the major core courses, students in the Recreation & Sport Services concentration must also complete 12 hours from the following list or other courses approved by their Recreation Administration advisor:

  • REC 220 Understanding The Nonprofit Sector (3)
  • REC 222 Recreation Activity Facilitation (3)
  • REC 235 Outdoor Recreation Activities (3)
  • REC 330 Foundations Of Outdoor Recreation (3)
  • REC 332 Outdoor Education (3)
  • REC 335 Outdoor Skills - Land (3)
  • REC 337 Outdoor Skills - Water (3)
  • REC 404 Recreation Facility Management (3)
  • REC 420 Recreation And Tourism (3)
  • REC 422 Campus Recreation (3)
  • REC 424 Camp and Retreat Center Administration (3)
  • REC 426 Facility Planning And Design (3)
  • REC 430 Recreation Resource Management (3)
  • REC 434 Resource Interpretation (3)
  • REC 435 Outdoor Experience Planning (3)
  • REC 437 Outdoor Leadership Expedition (3)
  • REC 439 Challenge Course Facilitation (3)
  • REC 460 Grant Writing For Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  • REC 480 Travel-Based Learning In Rec and Tourism (3)
  • REC 482 Recreation Workshop (1-3)
  • REC 484 Advanced Studies In Recreation (3)
  • REC 493 Recreation Practicum (3)
  • SPM 200 Introduction To Sport Management (3)
  • SPM 300 Public Policy In Sport (3)
  • SPM 305 Sport Event Management (3)
  • SPM 310 Sport Ethics And Moral Issues (3)
  • SPM 315 Sport Communication (3)
  • PE 122 Foundations Of Kinesiology  (3)
  • PE 211 Net/Wall And Target Sports (2)
  • PE 212 Striking/Fielding And Invasion Sports (2)
  • PE 222 Fitness/Wellness Applications (2)
  • PE 300 Outdoor Educational Activities (2)
  • PE 319 Adapted Physical Education (3)
  • PE 340 Football Coaching (3)
  • PE 341 Basketball Coaching (3)
  • PE 342 Track And Field Coaching  (3)
  • PE 343 Baseball Coaching (3)
  • EXS 122 Foundations Of Kinesiology (3)
  • EXS 223 Introduction To Exercise Science (3)
  • EXS 296 Practicum In Exercise Science (3)
  • MKT 220 Basic Marketing Concepts (3)
  • MGT 210 Organization And Management (3)
  • ACCT 200 Introductory Accounting - Financial (3)

In addition to themajor core courses, students in the Recreation & Tourism concentration must also complete12 hours from the following list or other courses approved by their Recreation Administration advisor:

Complete the following courses:

  • REC 420 Recreation and Tourism (3)
  • HMD 271 Tourism Planning and Development (3)

Complete 6 hours from the following courses:

  • REC 480 Travel-Based Learning In Recreation and Tourism (3)
  • GEOG 481 Tourism Geography (3)
  • HMD 373 Hospitality and Tourism Marketing (3)
  • HMD 375 Meeting and Convention Management      (3)
  • HMD 475 Advanced Hospitality Event Planning    (3)
  • ENT 312 Entrepreneurship (3)
  • MKT 331 Social Media Marketing (3)

In addition to themajor core courses, students in the Nonprofit Administration concentration must also complete 12 hours from the following list or other courses approved by their Recreation Administration advisor:

Complete the following courses:

  • REC 220 Understanding The Nonprofit Sector (3)
  • REC 460 Grant Writing For Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  • MKT 220 Basic Marketing Concepts (3)

Complete 3 hours from the following courses:

  • MGT 333 Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  • PS 340 Elements Of Public Administration (3)

In addition to themajor core courses, students in the Outdoor Recreation concentration must also complete the following 12 hours, or other courses approved by their Recreation Administration advisor. At least 6 hours need to be 400-level courses.

Complete the following foundation course:

  • REC 330 Foundations of Outdoor Recreation (3)

Complete 3 hours from the following resource courses:

  • REC 332 Outdoor Education (3)
  • REC 430 Recreation Resource Management (3)
  • REC 434 Resource Interpretation (3)

Complete 3 hours from the following technical skills courses:

  • REC 235 Outdoor Recreation Activities (3)
  • REC 335 Outdoor Skills – Land (3)
  • REC 337 Outdoor Skills – Water (3)
  • REC 439 Challenge Course Facilitation (3)

Complete 3 hours (unduplicated) from the following electives:

  • REC 332 Outdoor Education (3)
  • REC 335 Outdoor Skills – Land (3)
  • REC 337 Outdoor Skills – Water (3)
  • REC 424 Camp and Retreat Center Administration (3)
  • REC 430 Recreation Resource Management (3)
  • REC 434 Resource Interpretation (3)
  • REC 435 Outdoor Experience Planning (3)
  • REC 437 Outdoor Leadership Expedition (3)
  • REC 439 Challenge Course Facilitation (3)
  • REC 480 Travel-Based Learning in Recreation & Tourism (3)
  • REC 482 Recreation Workshop (3)
  • REC 493 Recreation Practicum (3)

In addition to themajor core courses, students in the Facility and Event Management concentration must also complete the following 12 hours, or other courses approved by their Recreation Administration advisor.

Complete 3 hours from the following courses:

  • REC 404 Recreation Facility Management (3)
  • REC 426 Facility Planning and Design (3)
  • SPM 404 Sport Facility Management (3)

Complete 3 hours from the following courses:

  • HMD 375 Meeting And Convention Management (3)
  • SPM 305 Sport Event Management (3)

Complete 3 hours from the following courses:

  • SPM 315 Sport Communication (3)
  • SPM 450 Sport Law (3)
  • MKT 220 Basic Marketing Concepts (3)
  • MKT 331 Social Media Marketing (3)

Complete 3 hours (unduplicated) from the following:

  • REC 404 Recreation Facility Management (3)
  • REC 420 Recreation And Tourism (3)
  • REC 422 Campus Recreation (3)
  • REC 424 Camp And Retreat Center Administration (3)
  • REC 426 Facility Planning and Design (3)
  • REC 430 Recreation Resource Management (3)
  • REC 434 Resource Interpretation (3)
  • REC 439 Challenge Course Facilitation (3)
  • HMD 375 Meeting And Convention Management (3)
  • HMD 475 Advanced Hospitality Event Planning (3)

Additional Degree Information

[36+]* The WKU Colonnade program includes 39 credit hours + a world language proficiency requirement.

*REC 200 (3 credits) is a required Recreation Administration major course and also fulfills the Colonnade Explorations (Social & Behavioral Sciences) requirement.

[36] The remaining ~36 credit hours of general electives may be freely chosen courses or a second major or minor(s) that complements the degree. Students must keep in mind the WKU overall upper-level hours degree requirement - see below.

Note: Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree must take at least 42 hours of upper-division coursework. Students pursuing concurrent baccalaureate degrees must take
at least 57 hours of upper-division coursework.

Students are strongly encouraged to utilize some of their general elective hours toward a minor to make themselves more competitive in today's challenging job market. Minors offered by our program are listed here.

It is anticipated that required core courses in the Recreation Administration major (REC 200, 302, 306, 320, 328, 338, 402, and 406) will be offered at least one time annually on WKU's Bowling Green campus in a traditional (face-to-face or mixed method) format. REC 490 will be offered during the fall, spring, and summer.

Elective courses (with a REC prefix) in the Recreation Administration major will be scheduled based on instructor availability and program needs. They may be offered in a variety of formats (e.g., traditional face-to-face, traditional mixed method, online, On-Demand, Study Away, Faculty-Led Study Abroad) and course lengths (e.g., full semester, bi-term, custom schedule).

Below, students will find the most current required course offering rotation matrix in order to help plan their schedules.* Students are required to meet with their advisor each semester.

Course Rotation Matrix:

X = course planned* to be offered on the Bowling Green campus in a traditional (face-to-face or mixed methods) format.

Required Courses

Fall   
 Spring 
Summer
REC 200 X X  
REC 302 X X  
REC 306 X X  
REC 320 X    
REC 328   X  
REC 338
  X   
REC 402 X     
REC 406 X    
REC 490 X X X

*The information presented in the table above is a plan and not a guarantee of course availability. Successful course scheduling is greatly enhanced through regular consultation with a student's assigned academic advisor.

 


 


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